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A Day of Learning and Speaking Out: Duquesne to Discuss Social Justice and Race

The national conversation on racial prejudice and policing moves onto Duquesne's campus for A Day of Learning and Speaking Out on Wednesday, March 25, with discussions designed to involve faculty and students.

The event, organized by faculty members and administrators, is intended to discuss causes and potential remedies for alarming national trends, and to reflect upon the intersection of racial prejudice and social justice in teaching, particularly within the context of Duquesne's commitment to social justice, according to the committee.

Activities, which will be held at the Silverman Center in Gumberg,include:

  • 11 a.m. to noon, Duquesne faculty panel discussion: Racism, Policing and the Exuberance of Power. Dr. Daniel Burston, psychology, will read from his paper on The Exuberance of Power. Faculty responding will be panel chair Dr. Susan Goldberg, psychology; Dr. Marie Baird, theology; Dr. Kathy Glass, English; Dr. Matt Schneirov, sociology; and Dr. Elaine Parsons, history.
  • 1:30 to 3 p.m., Dr. Joy James, the Francis Christopher Oakley Third Century Professor of the Humanities and a political science professor at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., keynote address, Police Violence and the Talented Tenth: Fractionating Civil Rights Leadership. She is the author of Seeking the Beloved Community: A Feminist Race Reader, Resisting State Violence: Radicalism, Race and Gender in U.S. Culture and Transcending the Talented Tenth.
  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Civil Rights, Civil Responsibilities: The Community and the Evolving Role of the Police. The moderator will be Lenny McAllister, producer of the public affairs show NightTalk: Get to the Point, on PCNC-TV. Panelists will include Duquesne Law Professors Wesley Oliver and Tracey McCants Lewis, Wilkinsburg Mayor John Thompson and Margaret McGannon, Duquesne law student and graduate assistant in the Honor's College.

For a full schedule, visit the website.

A Day of Learning and Speaking Out is co-sponsored by Duquesne's Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research, the Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, the Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center, the Center for African Studies, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and sociology department.

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